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If you’re ready to take the leap and become an entrepreneur, you need a recipe for success. Follow this guide for launching your business.


If you’ve decided to embark on an entrepreneurial journal and want to start your own small business,

“Tis the season for conferences before the summer “gone fishing” season arrives. Here is a recap/forecast of what’s on my report card.

Ingram Cloud Summit 2017 (Phoenix) 

Last week I popped into this conference to give two speeches on

Today’s global economy and advanced technologies allow us to include remote employees into our teams. With the use of various collaboration tools, cloud sharing apps, and video conferences, managers can effectively set goals, assign tasks, and get the desired results in real time.

Editors Note - this is a excellent partner/customer event in the Seattle area in a month. Please support the community (and yes- you can bring your toughest questions about Azure in small business, etc.) 

Your Business, Cloud Ready in 100 Days

I recently surveyed our community and discovered something amazing! Over 40 percent of the IT community we speak with has either a relationship or interest in creating an opportunity with local/county/regional governments. Our large response rate to the survey made this statistically valid (read “not fake news”) and we were pleasantly surprised. Which brings us to the point of this blog. Pursuing more government accounts means more money for MSPs, partners, resellers and consultants. It’s good Azure-based recurring revenue work.

You would save money if you’re using Microsoft technology. If you want to supply terabytes of space, but you only want to pay for what you use (in a vm), then you are more likely to save money. If you only want a vm, then you'd save money and all this money could be saved if you buy Azure.

Say what you must but we are community! It’s been too long since we’ve done a community shout outs so here are a couple.

Ken Thoreson
Ken is a long-time sales coach

Last quarter I reported from the IBM PartnerWorld Leadership (PWL) Conference 2017 in Las Vegas. Now I want to check-in again on IBM’s efforts to transform and improve its channel partner program.
In the Box

Think of a box having four-sides. That is how IBM essentially communicated the

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SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, April 27th, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

Presented by: George Crump, Lead Analyst, Storage Switzerland

Expectations of IT’s ability to return mission-critical applications to production are higher than ever.